Martellus Bennett - TEPosted 2/21/17 4:49pm ET
New England Patriots impending free-agent TE Martellus Bennett will test the free-agent market. Based on his asking price, he could be with a different team next season, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Huddle Up: Bennett will likely be the most coveted free-agent tight end this offseason, so he's bound to receive some attractive offers from teams other than the Patriots. Bennett was hindered by Rob Gronkowski in 2016, when Gronk was healthy, but he has proven to be a capable starter. He scored three touchdowns in one game even with Gronk active. Wherever Bennett plays and/or starts, he has TE1 potential.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 2/16/17 6:27am ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has expressed mutual interest in a new contract with the team, according to source. Talks are in preliminary stages. Brady is signed through 2019. He will earn $1 million in 2017, but he has a $14 million salary cap number.
Huddle Up: Brady was fifth in fantasy points per game among quarterbacks last season and had a ridiculous 28-to-2 touchdown-to-pick ratio. He remains an elite option at quarterback in fantasy.
Martellus Bennett - TEPosted 2/13/17 3:39pm ET
The New England Patriots are interested in re-signing impending free-agent TE Martellus Bennett but may not be willing to get into a bidding war for him if other teams are interested, in the opinion of ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss.
Huddle Up: Bennett should receive interest from teams as long as he recovers from the injuries he suffers during the season. He should be considered a low-end No. 1 or a No. 2 fantasy tight end next season depending on his role.
Danny Amendola - WRPosted 2/12/17 10:18am ET
New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola is due $6 million in base salary in 2017, but it is a 'certainty' he will not be returning under the turn of his current contract, according to ESPN.com's Mike Reiss.
Huddle Up: Amendola keeps producing in big games and the team obviously trusts him in those spots (eight catches for 78 yards, a touchdown and a game-tying two-point conversion in Super Bowl LI), but he is the No. 4 receiver on the team behind Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan and Malcolm Mitchell. As a result, he'll probably need to take another sizable pay cut like he has each of the last two years in order to remain in Foxboro. He can be ignored in most fantasy leagues.
Jimmy Garoppolo - QBPosted 2/12/17 10:29am ET
New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo is expected to attract a second-round selection from interested teams this offseason, according to the Boston Globe's Ben Volin.
Huddle Up: There have been reports that Garoppolo's price tag may be as high as a first- and fourth-rounder, but this sounds more reasonable. Volin notes that Matt Cassel, Kevin Kolb, Matt Schaub were traded under similar circumstances and all fetched second-round picks. Regardless of where he lands, he'll probably settle in as a low-end QB2 in fantasy.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 2/11/17 12:43pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady threw for 1,973 yards, 18 touchdowns and zero interceptions on the road this season. He threw for 1,581 yards, 10 touchdowns and two interceptions at home.
Huddle Up: Brady played great after serving his four-game suspension and finished the season with another Super Bowl win. He will continue to be the starting quarterback for the Patriots as long as he wants and should be a No. 1 quarterback in all fantasy leagues.
Julian Edelman - WRPosted 2/11/17 12:44pm ET
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman caught all three of his touchdowns on the road this season. He finished the season with 43 receptions and 522 yards at home while catching 55 receptions for 584 yards on the road.
Huddle Up: Edelman had a slow period near the beginning of the season but finished strong with at least 75 yards in seven of the last eight regular season games. He should continue to be the No. 1 receiver for the Patriots and can be a No. 2 or No. 3 receiver for fantasy owners.
Martellus Bennett - TEPosted 2/6/17 12:25am ET
There is speculation the New England Patriots may use the franchise tag on TE Martellus Bennett for 2017.
Huddle Up: The speculation, which comes from CBS Sports reporter Joel Corry, is centered around the health of TE Rob Gronkowski. The tag amount is projected at just under $10 million. Whatever the case, Bennett rates as a solid TE1 as long as he stays in the New England system.
Jimmy Garoppolo - QBPosted 2/6/17 12:33am ET
The Cleveland Browns may be interested in New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo if the price is right.
Huddle Up: Garoppolo will be due for a change of scenery, considering QB Tom Brady will likely play up to five more seasons. Depending on where he lands, Garoppolo could be an interesting QB2 or QB3 option.
Dion Lewis - RBPosted 2/6/17 5:21am ET
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots RB Dion Lewis (hamstring) injured his hamstring late in Super Bowl LI. Lewis said the injury didn't seem severe.
Huddle Up: After James White's historic performance, it's worth pondering if he has leapfrogged Lewis. Both are comparable backs, but White is two years younger with less injury baggage. If Lewis lands elsewhere, he could be a decent RB2 in PPR leagues.
James White - RBPosted 2/6/17 5:15am ET
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots RB James White's 14 receptions and 110 receiving yards broke records for the respective categories by a running back in Super Bowl LI Sunday, Feb. 5.
Huddle Up: White rushed six times for 29 yards and two scores, and he added a touchdown through the air as well. He was simply incredible, and the team rode him in the second half and overtime. It'll be interesting to see if he has usurped Dion Lewis entering next season, which would make him at least a high-end RB3 in fantasy.
James White - RBPosted 2/6/17 12:16pm ET
New England Patriots RB James White set a Super Bowl record with 20 points scored in Super Bowl LI.
Huddle Up: White played an important role in the Patriots' regular season, but no one anticipated the output he achieved in the Super Bowl. He has cemented himself as a PPR machine, but he'll still be splitting touches with Dion Lewis, assuming both players are healthy. Even so, White is at worst a late-round sleeper in PPR leagues for next season.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 2/6/17 12:37pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady set career Super Bowl records for passing yards (2,071) and touchdown passes (15).
Huddle Up: The Patriots were forced to throw essentially all game, benefitting Brady and all pass-catchers. Brady himself said that he hasn't thought about retiring, so he remains a top QB1 consideration for 2017 fantasy drafts.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 2/6/17 12:27pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady said he will not retire despite being 40 years old next season and winning his record fifth Super Bowl.
Huddle Up: Brady doesn't seem to be wearing down too much even at his over the hill age. Until he does show signs of wearing down, he remains a QB1 option for next season, especially since he will ideally be playing a full season.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 2/5/17 10:51am ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady could play three to five more years as the team plans for the long-term, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It is that window that is allowing the Patriots to consider trading Jimmy Garoppolo.
Huddle Up: Brady will turn 40 in August, so there is virtually no chance he will play - much less play well - into the 2020s. Given the way he takes care of himself, it is possible Brady can squeeze two more good years out of his body, although owners need to start preparing for a decline in performance as early as next year, especially considering history has typically not been kind to 40-year-old quarterbacks. Especially if New England trades Garoppolo, the Pats should begin to look for his eventual successor again this offseason.
Michael Floyd - WRPosted 2/5/17 12:11pm ET
New England Patriots WR Michael Floyd is expected to be a healthy scratch for Super Bowl LI.
Huddle Up: It's really not a surprise after he was a healthy scratch for the AFC Championship. Floyd would be the Patriots' fifth receiver behind Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell and Danny Amendola. Virtually any fifth receiver on a game-day roster has to contribute on special teams, and Floyd does not. Along with his limited knowledge of the Patriots' complex offense - he was claimed off waivers on Dec. 15 - the odds are stacked against him playing in the Super Bowl.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 2/5/17 5:43pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady threw his 31st career postseason interception in Super Bowl LI Sunday, Feb. 5, breaking a tie with retired QB Brett Favre for the most ever in the postseason.
Huddle Up: Obviously, the dubious record is a product of the sheer number of postseason games he has played rather than poor performance. Father Time figures to catch up with Brady at some point, but he looks like a safe bet to deliver QB1 numbers again 2017.
Dion Lewis - RBPosted 2/5/17 7:19pm ET
New England Patriots RB Dion Lewis (knee) appeared to injure his knee against the Atlanta Falcons on the final play of regulation in Super Bowl LI Sunday, Feb. 5.
Huddle Up: Lewis missed a good portion of the season while recovering from a knee injury, and a serious injury at this point would put at least a portion of his 2017 season in jeopardy. Stay tuned for updates.
James White - RBPosted 2/5/17 7:53pm ET
New England Patriots RB James White had six carries for 29 yards and two touchdowns and caught 14 passes for 110 yards and a score in a 34-28 win over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI Sunday, Feb. 5.
Huddle Up: New England took to the air early and often after falling behind, and White took advantage. Dion Lewis appeared to suffer an injury in the game, and if it is serious enough to linger into 2017, White could have some appeal in PPR formats.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 2/5/17 7:42pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady set Super Bowl records for passing yards and completions in a 34-28 win over the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Feb. 5, completing 43 of his 62 attempts for 466 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
Huddle Up: Brady put an exclamation point on his already incredible resume, leading an epic comeback for his fifth title. Pencil him in for another season of QB1 production in 2017.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 2/4/17 1:14pm ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski said he plans on playing as long as he can even though he has dealt with multiple injuries during his career.
Huddle Up: Gronkowski has missed as least one game in each of the last five season and has played seven or fewer games in two of the last four seasons. Gronkowski probably is the No. 1 tight end when he is healthy, but he will be a risky option in fantasy drafts next season because of his injury history.
Jimmy Garoppolo - QBPosted 2/4/17 5:58pm ET
New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo was Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's No. 2-ranked quarterback in the 2014 NFL draft, according to a source. 'He was a very good thrower,'' Shanahan said. 'Tough guy, kept his eyes down the field, could get rid of the ball fast.'
Huddle Up: Shanahan is expected to be named head coach of the San Francisco 49ers following Super Bowl 51, and his high regard for Garoppolo could make the 49ers a major player for the quarterback this offseason.
Martellus Bennett - TEPosted 2/3/17 1:44pm ET
New England Patriots TE Martellus Bennett (knee) was limited during practice Friday, Feb. 3, and is listed as questionable for Super Bowl LI.
Huddle Up: Bennett has been able to play even though he has been dealing with injuries over the last several weeks and should receive some targets against the Atlanta Falcons. Bennett will be a free agent this offseason and should be able to find a starting job if he does not return to the Patriots. He can be a low-end No. 1 tight end in fantasy leagues.
Chris Hogan - WRPosted 2/3/17 1:26pm ET
New England Patriots WR Chris Hogan (thigh) was limited during practice Friday, Feb. 3, and is listed as questionable for Super Bowl LI.
Huddle Up: Hogan should be in uniform despite the injury and likely will have a solid role in the passing game against the Atlanta Falcons. He should be a top three receiver for the Patriots in 2017 and can be a No. 3 or No. 4 receiver for fantasy owners.
Chris Hogan - WRPosted 2/2/17 3:52pm ET
New England Patriots WR Chris Hogan (thigh) was limited in practice again Thursday, Feb. 2.
Huddle Up: Hogan sustained the thigh ailment in the Divisional Round, but considering he posted his memorable breakout performance the very next week with nine catches for 180 yards and a pair of two touchdowns, he's fine. The former Buffalo Bill could be a real dark horse to win the Super Bowl MVP award.
Martellus Bennett - TEPosted 2/2/17 3:45pm ET
New England Patriots TE Martellus Bennett (knee) was limited in practice for the second consecutive day Thursday, Feb. 2.
Huddle Up: Bennett has been slowed by injury in recent weeks, and that's been evident in his stats over the past few games. In fact, in New England's two playoff contests, the nine-year veteran has managed just 36 receiving yards combined with no touchdowns. He'll be out there on Sunday but his performance as of late indicates he might not be much of a factor.
Chris Hogan - WRPosted 2/1/17 2:54pm ET
New England Patriots WR Chris Hogan (thigh) was limited during practice Wednesday, Feb. 1.
Huddle Up: Hogan has dealt with this injury for a few weeks but is coming off a fantastic AFC Championship performance and will continue to be one of the starting receivers. He should be an attractive option for owners this week and can be considered No. 3 receiver in fantasy leagues next season.
Martellus Bennett - TEPosted 2/1/17 3:11pm ET
New England Patriots TE Martellus Bennett (knee) was limited during practice Wednesday, Feb. 1.
Huddle Up: Bennett has been slowed by injuries for several weeks and has seen has stats drop because of them. Bennett will be able to play in Super Bowl LI but may not be a big factor in the game. He will be a free agent this offseason and can be a No. 1 tight end in fantasy leagues depending on his role.
Jimmy Garoppolo - QBPosted 1/31/17 9:26am ET
New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo could be a possible trade target for the Houston Texans, according to the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson.
Huddle Up: The asking price for Garoppolo is expected to be at least a first-round pick, although the Patriots have plenty of reason to keep him around with Tom Brady turning 40 next season. The interesting part here is that acquiring Garoppolo wouldn't be impossible for the Texans, who are projected to have $25.5 million in salary cap space despite owing Brock Osweiler $16 million guaranteed for 2017. With that said, it seems much more likely Houston will give Osweiler another chance to prove himself this season.
LeGarrette Blount - RBPosted 1/31/17 4:27pm ET
New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount has rushed for eight touchdowns in his last seven postseason games. He has scored six times in his last seven games this season, including the playoffs.
Huddle Up: Blount led the NFL in rushing touchdowns this season with 18, so it's no surprise that he's continuing to score in the playoffs. Look for the Patriots to keep riding him in the Super Bowl against a subpar Atlanta Falcons rush defense.
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